300 people protest to stop US military helicopter training involving the hanging of vehicles

300 people protest to stop US military helicopter training involving the hanging of vehicles

At 6:34 p.m. on May 11 at the Toguchi Gate of the U.S. Army Torii Communication Facility, Yomitan villagers call for the cessation of U.S. helicopter training.


May 12, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

From 6 p.m. on May 11, a protest titled “5.11 Village Convention Opposed to Repeated Hanging Training by the U.S. Helicopter” was held at the Toguchi Gate of U.S. Army Torii Station. The convention called for discontinuation of training involving vehicles being hung from U.S. military helicopters, which was carried out twice this year. 300 people including villagers participated and protested.

Mayor Ishimine, who served as a chairman of the convention criticized the military saying, “[The training] disrespects our prefectural people who continue to raise their voices in protest. It cannot be tolerated.” The U.S. military carried out the hanging drill at the Torii communication facility on March 15. The village assembly passed a protest resolution and opinion against the U.S. military and the Okinawa Defense Bureau; however, the training was carried out again on April 19.

(English translation by T&CT and Megumi Chibana)
 
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